Sunday, October 24, 2010

Blazers burning it up on road

The Everett Silvertips dropped a 3-1 decision to the Giants in Vancouver on Saturday night. It was Everett’s third game without head coach Craig Hartsburg, who underwent a heart catheterization on Wednesday in Everett.
Hartsburg may be back behind the bench for a game against the visiting Tri-City Americans on Friday before having open heart surgery in Everett on Nov. 3.
Everett GM Doug Soetaert put Hartsburg’s health predicament in layman’s terms for Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal:
"You and I have three chambers in the heart, but Craig only has two. He has what (late actor) John Ritter had (an aorta problem).
"Doctors detected a small aneurysm back in '03 and they've been monitoring it ever since, but he went in here and they found the aneurysm had enlarged. It's like a tire that has a bulge in it. It could burst or leak or deteriorate because of the pressure, so they have to fix it."
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QUOTEABLE: “The third goal was offside by two feet. And it's blatant on the video. That hurts us. Instead of a 2-1 game trying to battle back late, it's 3-1. That's call that's gotta be made. It wasn't even close.” -- Derek Laxdal, the head coach of the Edmonton Oil Kings, to Crash Cameron of the Edmonton Sun after a 3-2 loss to the visiting Kamloops Blazers on Friday night.
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SATURDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:
KAMLOOPS 3 at CALGARY 2: The Blazers erased a 2-0 deficit with three third-period goals, the last one from F Jordan DePape, on the PP, at 11:56 of the third. . . . Kamloops (7-6-1) swept a three-game swing into Alberta. The Blazers won 1-0 in Red Deer on Wednesday and 3-2 in Edmonton on Friday. . . . Kamloops has won five in a row on the road. The Blazers hadn’t won five straight road games since 2003-04. They haven’t won six in a row on the road since 1998-99 when then-head coach Marc Habscheid got them into the WHL final. The Blazers next road game is Nov. 5 against, yes, Calgary. . . . The Hitmen (4-7-0) had a 2-0 lead on goals from F Cody Bech, his fourth, in the first period, and F Tyler Fiddler, his second, at 17:03 of the second. . . . F Brendan Ranford, with his 12th, at 1:30, and F Ryan Hanes, with his second, at 6:21, tied it. . . . Ranford ran his point streak to 10 games. He has 16 points, nine of them goals, over that stretch. . . . Kamloops G Jeff Bosch, starting his third straight game, stopped 23 shots. Juray Holly of the Hitmen blocked 25. . . . Kamloops was 1-for-6 on the PP; the Hitmen were 0-for-4. . . . Attendance was 7,979. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero.
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LETHBRIDGE 2 at PRINCE ALBERT 1 (SO): Lethbridge got shootout goals from F Mitch Maxwell and F Ryon Moser as it improved to 4-2-2 on the road. . . . The Raiders (5-7-2) lost their fourth straight game. . . . The shootout needed 10 shots, with the Hurricanes winning, 2-1. . . . F Max Ross put Lethbridge on the board at 3:25 of the second period. . . . Raiders F Jonathan Parker tied it, with his ninth, at 16:59 of the second. . . . Lethbridge G Brandon Anderson stopped 41 shots, while Eric Williams stopped 32 for the Raiders. . . . P.A. was without its 20-year-old defencemen. Nathan Deck suffered a knee injury on Friday, while Jordan Rowley remains out with a broken wrist. . . . Each team was 0-for-4 on the PP. . . . Attendance was 2,124. . . . Checking-from-behind count: One minor, to Prince Albert F Sebastian Svendsen.
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MEDICINE HAT 1 at SASKATOON 4: F Marek Viedensky scored twice, giving him nine, to lead the Blades (10-2-0). . . . Saskatoon is 7-0-0 at home. . . . The Tigers (6-4-0) had won four in a row, including three straight on the road. . . . Viedensky scored once on the PP and once while shorthanded. . . . Saskatoon G Steven Stanford stopped 25 shots, two fewer than Medicine Hat’s Tyler Bunz. . . . Stanford lost his shutout when F Dylan Bredo scored his first goal of the season at 4:02 of the third period. . . . D Stefan Elliott had two assists for the Blades, both of them coming on the PP. . . . F Curtis Hamilton had a goal, his eighth, and an assist for Saskatoon, with F Darian Dziurzynski adding his ninth. . . . The Blades were 2-for-9 on the PP; the Tigers were 0-for-8. . . . Attendance was 3,622. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . The Tigers were without F Tyler Pitlick, who was suspended pending investigation after he took a kneeing major on Friday in Prince Albert. Raiders D Nathan Deck was injured on the play.
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EVERETT 1 at VANCOUVER 3: The Giants (8-5-2) scored the game’s last three goals in winning their third straight game. . . . The Silvertips (5-4-3) got a goal from F Josh Birkholz, his third, at 15:46 of the first period. . . . Everett has lost four in a row. . . . Vancouver D Neil Manning tied it at 2:12 of the second on the PP and F Jordan Martinook got the eventual winner at 5:33. . . . F Craig Cunningham, who leads the WHL in points, added insurance at 9:36 of the third. . . . Vancouver G Brendan Jensen stopped 20 shots, while Everett’s Kent Simpson turned aside 24. . . . Everett was 0-for-3 on the PP; Vancouver was 1-for-5. . . . Attendance was 5,737. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Two minors, one to Vancouver D Luke Fenske, the other to Everett D Evan Morden. . . . The Giants were without Vancouver D Tyler Hart, who re-injured an ankle in Friday’s 5-2 victory over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings. He sat out 12 games with the original injury.
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MOOSE JAW 2 at SWIFT CURRENT 3: Broncos G Mark Friesen stopped 33 shots as his mates opened up a 3-0 lead and hung on for their sixth win in seven games. . . . The Broncos (8-7-0) have won five straight at home where they are 5-3-0. . . . Moose Jaw G Thomas Heemskerk stopped 15 shots. . . . F Justin Dowling’s third goal of the season gave the Broncos a 3-0 lead just 50 seconds into the second period. . . . F Cody Eakin, with his eighth, and F Killian Hutt, with his third, had first-period goals. . . . F Quinton Howden got his seventh for Moose Jaw at 16:39 of the second and D Dylan McIlrath got his first at 12:37 of the third. . . . Swift Current was 1-for-6 on the PP; Moose Jaw was 0-for-3. . . . Attendance was 2,046. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . But according to the WHL website, F Adam Lowry of the Broncos took three fighting majors at 5:59 of the third period. . . . Which means the website must still be acting up. Right?
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BRANDON 3 at CHILLIWACK 6: The Bruins opened up 4-0 and 6-1 leads as they ran their record to 6-4-0 with their third win in four games. . . . The Wheat Kings (4-9-0) have lost nine in a row. . . . Chilliwack F Roman Horak had three assists. . . . The Bruins got goals from six different players, but F Ryan Howse was held goalless. He has 14 goals in 10 games. . . . Chilliwack G Lucas Gore stopped 35 shots, 11 more than Brandon’s Corbin Boes. . . . The Bruins were 3-for-6 on the PP; Brandon was 2-for-8. . . . The Bruins also got a shorthanded goal, from F Mike Forsyth. . . . Attendance was 3,150. . . . Checking-from-behind count: One minor, to Brandon D Darren Bestland.
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TRI-CITY 3 at PRINCE GEORGE 8: D Sena Acolatse, D Martin Marincin and F Charles Inglis each scored twice for the Cougars (7-5-1). . . . Inglis and Marincin also had one assist each. . . . D Shane Pilling and F Tayler Thompson had two assists apiece for P.G. . . . Acolatse, the reigning CHL player of the week, was plus-4. . . . F Adam Hughesman had two assists for the Americans (9-4-1), who trailed 4--1 and 8-1 before getting two third-period goals. . . . F Patrick Holland scored his ninth for the visitors. . . . G James Priestner stopped 29 shots for the Cougars. . . . Tri-City G Drew Owsley gave up four goals on 12 shots, with Chris Driedger coming on at 12:21 of the first and stopped 25 of 29. . . . Prince George was 1-for-4 on the PP; Tri-City was 0-for-6. . . . Attendance was 1,908. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . From Dan Mulhausen, the American’s crack media director: “With the win, the Cougars did something they had not done since Oct. 3, 2007 -- take home a win. It was Prince George’s first win in 12 games vs. their conference foes and was the most goals scored in the series since Tri-City tallied eight in an 8-5 win on Dec. 12, 2003. The five-goal margin of victory was also the largest for either side since a 7-2 Tri-City win on Feb. 6, 2002.”
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RED DEER 4 at SPOKANE 2: F Andrej Kudrna set up three goals for the Rebels (9-5-0), who had lost their previous two games. . . . F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two assists for the Rebels, who broke a 1-1 first-period tie with three goals. . . . D Justin Weller scored at 3:21 of the second. F Byron Froese got his sixth at 18:55 on the PP. F Turner Elson added insurance at 15:36 of the third. . . . Red Deer G Darcy Kuemper blocked 31 shots, while Spokane’s James Reid turned aside 21. . . . The Chiefs (4-6-0) had won their last two games. . . . Each team was 1-for-5 on the PP. . . . Attendance was 7,039. . . . Checking-from-behind count: Zero. . . . Spokane D Corbin Baldwin will be hearing from the WHL office after taking a gross misconduct late in the third period.

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